Every year, people throughout the country begin their acupuncture educations, embarking on a career in this ancient, yet cutting-edge, field of alternative medicine. While the practice draws people from all walks of life, at many ages and stages, there are qualities acupuncture school students all share.
1. They are able to think in non-traditional ways
Acupuncture is one of the main components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As such, it involves techniques and approaches that are different from traditional medicine, specifically inserting very thin needles into the body at acupuncture points. While proven to be effective in treating everything from high blood pressure, to pain, to fertility issues, acupuncture is still considered non-traditional. Acupuncture school students understand these differences and welcome ways of treating people individually and holistically.
2. They have a high degree of compassion and empathy for others
Acupuncture involves helping people feel better physically, mentally, and spiritually. Based on this, people drawn to acupuncture school are very tuned in to the feelings and needs of others. They understand that patients may have been dealing with health problems or issues for years, or may have used western medicine and prescription drugs with little or no improvement. Acupuncture school students find joy in helping people find the relief they’ve been looking for.
3. They have a passion for healing
Many students in acupuncture school know someone in their own lives who has achieved positive results through acupuncture. They see that too often, drugs have simply masked people’s symptoms, whereas TCM and acupuncture have been able to directly address their issues.
Based on this, they want to share their positive, eye-opening experiences by becoming acupuncture physicians themselves. They see the power of acupuncture and they appreciate its ability to heal.
4. They are highly motivated to become the best physicians they can be
Acupuncture school students know they will take pride in their work as acupuncturists and in their relationships with their patients. They genuinely want to help people and make a difference in their health and well-being.
They are also excited for the role they will have in the future of health care. It is estimated that there are over 16,000 acupuncturists in the United States, and it’s predicted that number will grow by 10% every year as the demand for holistic and alternative medicine goes up.
5. They are able to successfully multi-task
Acupuncture programs at accredited schools of acupuncture are typically three to four years, and include study in anatomy, biology, pharmacology, and practice management. Many acupuncture programs are part of broader oriental medicine programs, which include the study of Chinese herbal medicine.
Knowing this, acupuncture school students enter the program prepared to study rigorously. They are well organized and have effective time management skills to coordinate their school and personal lives.
If you have these personality traits and want to learn more about attending acupuncture school at Acupuncture & Massage College, download our free course catalog here.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy, and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.